WP Maintenance disaster – Fatal error: memory exhausted

WP Maintenance disaster - Fatal error: memory exhausted

WP Maintenance disaster
Fatal error: memory exhausted

We get a fair share of disaster recovery requests for our undo DISASTERS service. Most of them are the end-results of catastrophic proportions, equivalent of a tornado combined with a volcano combined with a huge meteor collision. Meaning, infected/hacked is the least of problems the owner has. However, from time-to-time, we get a few nasty looking issues, that are harmless and easy to solve. Not even considered worthy to explain differences and we simply charge a mere fraction as wordpress FIXES. Since they are relatively common, let’s explore this one:

WP Maintenance disaster - Fatal error: memory exhausted


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What is it?
Well, its a White Screen of Death. According to the WordPress Codex, the white screen of death is ONE OF THE MOST COMMON ERRORS that occur in the CMS. A user may either be inside WordPress while it happens or is attempting to log into the WordPress wp-admin, only to discover a blank page. Mostly, the white screen of death happens when an error takes place in a website’s PHP or database.

Simply put, PHP is the language that WordPress is built on. By default, your server designates a particular quantity of memory to run the PHP code, that makes your WordPress site functional. If your website surpasses this limit, you’ll see the following error (or something really comparable):

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of huge_number_here bytes exhausted (tried to allocate bigger_number_here bytes) in /Your_Hosting_Path/domain/public_html/wp-includes/plugin.php on line specific_number_here


WP Maintenance Warning: Please note, that this type of error can be triggered by several specific PHP files, but they all have the same complaint. Run out of memory and they need more.


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Solving this WordPress Maintenance problem is basic enough: raise the PHP memory limit. You can, in fact, do this yourself, by modifying your website’s files. To do that, you’ll require to access your site files straight using a File Transfer Protocol (FTP/SFTP) or web hosting panel. The file you need to modify it is in your site’s root directory site. This is usually called public_html. Now and edit the “wp-config.php” file:

WordPress Maintenance disaster - Fatal error: memory exhausted

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